Diablo III: Eternal Collection for Nintendo Switch May Be This Game’s Ultimate Version

Dress up like Ganondorf!
Dress up like Ganondorf!

Diablo III: Eternal Collection for Switch may be this game’s ultimate version, offering all past content with the added bonuses of portable play and Nintendo exclusives. Zelda-themed loot includes a Triforce portrait frame for your avatar, a Cucco companion pet that collects gold for you, and a transmogrification set that produces Ganondorf’s armor. You can also use amiibo if you like, scanning any one per day to conjure powerful enemies who drop mighty loot. Their loot can be really helpful in the game’s early stages, but beware: the amiibo enemies are tough, so be ready for a fight if you’re thinking of scanning one. Additionally, Nintendo Switch Online makes seasonal ladders available, and it supports cloud saving for Diablo III whether you play online or off. (Just keep in mind that you need to connect to the internet at some point to update your progress.)

Scan amiibo to conjure powerful enemies who drop mighty loot!
Scan amiibo to conjure powerful enemies who drop mighty loot!

Diablo III is a hack-and-slash action-RPG with a universal quality to its gameplay, though its content is intended for mature players. The basic idea is to explore, kill enemies, destroy things, and collect loot. Choose from seven classes, fight through five acts, and play in groups of up to 4 people online, on the couch, or with Wireless LAN. Newbies should consider starting with the game’s first act, while expert players may choose to begin in a less linear fashion. Either way, all modes are unlocked from the start, so play your way!

A world of opportunity awaits when Nintendo Switch Online is paired with Diablo III.
A world of opportunity awaits when Nintendo Switch Online is paired with Diablo III.

This port’s graphics are among the best we’ve seen for any AAA Switch port, and this is especially true for cutscenes, which are some of the most impressive we’ve ever encountered. While playtesting for this review, we experienced no frame drops, even when fighting hordes of enemies in local and online multiplayer modes, and we’re impressed by this performance. Put simply, the game looks amazing, and there’s only a small lack of detail in the characters during gameplay. (The characters appear quite detailed in the menu views.) This lack of detail isn’t noticeable unless you play very close to the screen, and even then it’s not a big deal. Since Diablo III is a demanding game for the console, a full Switch battery will probably offer 2-3 hours of play in handheld mode, which is typical for a high-quality Switch game.

This port's graphics are some of the best we've seen on Switch.
This port’s graphics are some of the best we’ve seen on Switch, even when there’s a lot going on.

Since its initial release in 2012, Diablo III has been re-released again and again on assorted consoles, and it’s seen a number of updates and paid DLC packs. At this point, dedicated players have likely invested a good deal of money into this game, and some may feel hesitant to add another $59.99 to the amount they’ve already spent. We totally get that. At the same time, buying Diablo III on Switch is the only way to play this game on-the-go, and some players may feel that portability is worth the price tag. Plus, this Switch port really does seem like the game’s ultimate version, and what die-hard fan wouldn’t want the ultimate version of their favorite game?

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher –Blizzard
Developer –Blizzard Entertainment Inc.
Price – $59.99
Genre –Action, Adventure, Role-Playing, Party
Size – 13.2 GB

This port is best for newcomers to the game and veterans who want to play on-the-go and have a definitive version of the game.
This port is best for newcomers to the game and veterans who want to play on-the-go and have a definitive version of the game.

Nick and Sarah are the ultimate gaming couple. Nick introduced Sarah to the world of Nintendo games. Nick’s favorites are platformers tough as nails, like Super Meat Boy, Celeste, and The End is Nigh. Sarah prefers titles with more exploration and simulation, like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, and Skyrim. But Nick and Sarah both agree that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of the best games of all time!

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